WNT May 18, 2010
Kristine Lillyis a slam dunk for the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame whenever she retires (and after 23 or so years as part of the U.S. Women's National Team, who knows when that will be?), but she is getting another great honor while she's still kicking.
The U.S. WNT legend and Boston Breakers co-captain has been chosen by Boston's The Sports Museum for a special honor at The Tradition in 2010.
The Tradition honors a new set of Boston sports legends each year – men and women whose accomplishments, contributions and qualities of character and spirit have helped make Boston the greatest sports city in America.
The most capped player in the history of international soccer with 344 games played, Lilly is the only woman to play in all five Women's World Cups that have been contested.
As captain of the Boston Breakers, Lilly was a 2009 WPS All-Star and was the only U.S. player to start and play all twenty matches last season while scoring three goals and three assists.
“Kristine is a living legend in women’s soccer,” said for U.S. WNT head coach and current Breakers coach Tony DiCicco. “It’s great to now see her take her rightful place in the pantheon of Boston sports heroes.”
Lilly will be honored during a gala at TD Garden on Monday, June 14, 2010 along with Bobby Orr and the 1970 Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox legend Dwight Evans, New England Patriots great Steve Nelson, beloved Red Sox analyst and former player Jerry Remy and Boston Celtics great Jo-Jo White.
Lilly is the only 2010 Tradition recipient still actively playing.